Joseph Robert Waltz, of Cogan Station, peacefully entered heaven July 11, 2020. He was 96 years old and would have celebrated his 97th birthday on July 30th. He was the loving husband of Eleanor Arlene Bartley Waltz. They married in a modest ceremony in 1944 during WWII and drove to Atlantic City in a 38’ Dodge coupe. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary November 1st.
The son of Clark Hauser Waltz and Grace Kathryn Lynch, Joe was preceded in death by his siblings, Edna Eleanor Quigle (Jered), William Clark Waltz (Marion), Bessie Carmen Bennett (Dorland), and daughter-in-law, Connie Waltz.
He is survived by siblings Shirley Jane Strasburg (Dave), Glenair Eva Snyder, and Theodore Jered Waltz. Joe is survived by his wife, Eleanor and five daughters; Dawn Elaine Myers (deceased husband Pastor Glenn), JoAnn Billie Waltz, Camella Jane Converse (Pastor Paul), Melody Faith Sandrin (Steven), Lorraine Faye Waltz (David Folmar); Nine grandchildren: Michael Myers (Patricia), Cheryl Hales (Mike), Matthew Myers, Bryan Waltz (Tricia), Paul Converse (Jeanne), Krista Vita (Jema), Morgan Miller (Jaime), Augustus Waltz-Folmar and Eleanor Waltz-Folmar. They have seventeen great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, and one great-great-great grandchild.
Joe attended Hepburn High School and then worked and co-owned C.H. Waltz and Sons for 40 years, a family business imagined and started by his father, deceased brother Bill and himself in 1946. Bill and Joe worked very hard. Their youngest brother, Ted was in grade school at the time. In addition to running the business, they farmed, delivered milk, logged and had a sawmill behind the shop. They also harvested with their CASE tractors and combines many acres of farmland in Montoursville and outlying townships.
Joes talents were many and he had a personable way with people. He knew everyone and would help anyone in need. He put his family first and had a deep love of God and his church. He attended Warrensville Baptist most of his life and sang tenor in the choir. He performed in the Waltz Quartet in churches throughout Lycoming County. He loved a good joke, home cooked food, westerns, and a splash of English Leather. He rode a Honda Goldwing, appreciated cars with super charged engines, guns, watches, and top of the line pens he always had tucked in his shirt’s front pocket.
The memorial service that was scheduled on July 18, 2020, has been postponed and will be announced at a later date.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Williamsport Dialysis Clinic, 1660 Sycamore Road Suite B, Montoursville, PA 17754.
Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.
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